Violent mugger punched woman in Mansfield as he snatched her handbag

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Police are hunting a violent mugger who punched a woman as he tried snatch her handbag in Mansfield.

The woman had been walking with her friend at Rock Valley shortly before midnight on 13th April, when they were confronted by a male.

He walked up behind the victim and tried to grab her handbag, and when she put up a struggle he grabbed her by her neck and pushed her to ground.

He began punching her to release the bag, which she eventually did and he ran off towards the town centre.

The bag contained a purse with bank cards, a house key, a Samsung Galaxy phone and Gmail mobile phone.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.